Born Lester Michael Fisher on Feb. 1 1947, he later took the surname of his step-father, James G. Klungness. His education, after Catholic school and seminary, included a Bachelor’s in Botany from the Univ. of Washington. After 2 years of Peace Corps as Youth Extension Officer in Taita, Kenya, he began a career with Weyerhaeuser Co., serving in the Wood Morphology and the Genetics Research Divisions. After 5 years, he returned to finish his Master’s degree in International Agricultural Development from Univ. of Cal. Davis. His thesis on honeybee digestion was published in three scientific papers. He worked for the Univ. of California Davis, University of Hawaii, and US Dept. of Agriculture. Health issues forced him into full retirement in 2010. He had authored or co-authored 21 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and now his memoir. The author is married to his high school sweetheart and has a son and a daughter, a step-son, one granddaughter, and two step-grandchildren.